Vanilla Bean Caramel Apples + Halloween Candy Bark

November 7, 2010 Candy

Caramel makes me nervous because of a few bad experiences in my baking past, where things that were supposed to be gooey and chewy ended up with the consistency of something you could break a tooth on. Armed with a candy thermometer and healthy dose of patience, I made these last weekend as a Halloween […]

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Strawberry Picking at The Ridge & Skillet Strawberry Jam

July 3, 2010 Breakfast

This was my second summer going strawberry picking in Alexis’ in-laws backyard. I basically show up with my tupperware containers, get down on all fours and crawl through their little strawberry patch and go nuts picking Aletta’s organic strawberries (she doesn’t use any pesticides in their garden). Just one of these little berries has more juicy strawberry […]

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Gluten-Free Care Package

April 29, 2010 Brownies & Blondies

Three of my favourite sisters are in need of a little TLC these days. All three eat gluten-free, so I baked up some treats last weekend for a care package.  I’ve been experimenting with gluten-free baking for a couple years and had my fair share of disasters before discovering the Chocolate Chip Meringues on SK […]

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Chocolate Chip Meringues

March 11, 2010 Cookies

Last Oscar Dinner post – our treat for dessert. These were my first ever gluten-free baking success last year, and have been approved by both my g-f experts Aoife & Jill. They taste like marshmallows, are made of six easy ingredients, and best of all, only use one bowl! This weekend I also hit sugar on the […]

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Basil Pesto & Gluten-Free Pizza

February 20, 2010 Elimination Challenge

We’re in the home stretch y’all and the Elimination portion of the challenge is quickly coming to a close. Tomorrow I will begin to re-introduce foods to see if I have any reactions. But if I have one regret, it’s that I didn’t get my act together and visit the Voila Gluten-Free Bakeree  at the very beginning […]

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Spaghetti with Swiss Chard & Garlic Chips

February 17, 2010 Elimination Challenge

I was talking to Chris on the weekend about this whole Elimination Challenge business. He’s trying to do the same thing and generally clean up his eating, but not in such an extreme way. Although neither of us has read any of Michael Pollan’s books, we could both recite his mantra: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. […]

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Spicy Baked Sweet Potato Wedges & Turkey Burgers

February 15, 2010 Chicken & Turkey

Do you have certain dishes that you make so regularly, you just assume everyone else eats them all the time too? That’s how I ended up in Lydia & Andrew’s kitchen last summer teaching them how to make Sweet Pototo Wedges.  Lydia claimed that she couldn’t make them. Um, huh?  Scrub, slice, toss, bake! That’s it! But […]

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Chocolate Souffle Cupcakes with Mint Cream

February 14, 2010 Cakes, Cupcakes & Icing

We interrupt this Elimination Challenge to bring you a special treat – flourless chocolate cupcakes topped with white chocolate mint whipped cream. Oh yes. I brought these to Aoife’s birthday party on the weekend and they were a huge hit. Too bad I couldn’t eat one All week long I was wondering if I would […]

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Roasted Acorn Squash with Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette

February 13, 2010 Elimination Challenge

I’ve been eating a lot more veggies on this Elimination Challenge, some new for me and some I just don’t eat all that often. I have nothing against acorn squash, it’s just that when I’ve made it in the past, it’s been doused in butter, brown sugar and rosemary. Mmmm. I had seen this recipe […]

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Mango Salsa

February 12, 2010 Elimination Challenge

My mango kind of drove me crazy this week. When you’re trying to plan every meal to get you through a week with no sugar and no caffeine, dealing with a high maintenance fruit is perhaps not the best idea. I poked my mango every morning and every night waiting for the right day to pull the trigger on […]

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